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Growth and war

by Sandwichman Sun Aug 6th, 2006 at 12:48:19 PM EST

With reference to the notion that le Parti pour la décroissance and de-growth is the "capricious idea of perfectly selfish spoilt kids," I would like to mention the American public intellectual, Lewis Mumford, who wrote, at the time of the moon landing in 1969:

The most conspicuous scientific and technical achievements of our age -- nuclear bombs, rockets, computers -- are all direct products of war... The moon-landing program is no exception: it is a symbolic act of war... [I]t was deliberately planned as a means of swiftly perfecting the equipment for total extermination -- the strategic goal toward which our entire megatechnic power system, in the lethal grip of the 'myth of the machine' is now pointed.

This sandwichman would be interested to hear if anyone can offer a rebuttal to the notion that the strategic goal of national economy is today directed -- at least to a very considerable extent -- at perfecting the equipment for extermination, not forgetting that the form of national income accounting currently in use was predicated on arguments about how to pay for the second world war.

You want a rebuttal?

Can't give you one, but there is this article by Stan Goff called Exterminism and Katrina (in 4 parts) which you might find interesting.

Nothing is 'mere'. — Richard P. Feynman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Aug 6th, 2006 at 12:57:24 PM EST
What good is of the progress and the good that military complex spins out, if it is going to destroy the planet itself? I wouldn't have minded if computers, internet and cellphones would have developed mere 20-50 years later. Humanity will have to learn how to live without growth anyway.
by das monde on Mon Aug 7th, 2006 at 06:21:56 AM EST
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Are lifesaving medical advances like germ theory, the genome project, vaccinations, etc. not scientific achievements?  Did I miss something?

I'd venture to say that the strategic goal of the national economy is the perpetuation and growth of the national economy.  Extermination, war, destruction, etc. have often been considered efficient ways of perpetuating and growing the national economy.  

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire

by p------- on Sun Aug 6th, 2006 at 10:54:06 PM EST

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